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National Aquarium Names New Senior VP and Chief Conservation Officer



Kris Hoellen joins National Aquarium leadership team

(Baltimore) May 31, 2016 – The National Aquarium is pleased to announce Kris Hoellen as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer. Hoellen joins the organization from The Conservation Fund in Arlington, Virginia, where she served as Senior Vice President of Sustainable Programs.

As Senior Vice President and CCO, Hoellen is responsible for leading and directing the National Aquarium's conservation initiatives and programs, including the organization's field, education and advocacy initiatives, as well as the Seafood Smart program. She is charged with building the organization's conservation team, establishing key alliances with both the public and private sectors, and creating and scaling comprehensive conservation solutions that achieve maximum impact locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Hoellen is committed to the notion that for conservation to be meaningful and impactful, it must be made relevant environmentally, economically and socially in order to achieve lasting results.

"Kris's unique background includes working with a wide-range of constituencies in environmental conservation, crafting innovative solutions, forging consensus and achieving real results. Combined with her impressive leadership experience in the conservation field, these talents will add significantly to the Aquarium's mission and our commitment to protecting our ocean planet," said John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO.

Hoellen brings with her more than 26 years of experience leading and directing environmental programs for organizations such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, the URS Corporation (now AECOM) and the National Academy of Sciences.

As Senior Vice President of Sustainable Programs for The Conservation Fund—a national non-profit established to protect our nation's land and water resources and to promote sustainable economic development—Hoellen directed the sustainable programs business unit, led the nationwide mitigation solutions program and served on the executive committee directly advising the CEO.

Hoellen is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where she received her Master of Science degree in environmental science and policy, and Emory University in Atlanta where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.